Beauty in Decay/32

Been meaning to post this one for some time now…A decaying lily, that a friend produced from the top of her compost heap where it had been tossed! Seriously, I do some strange things in the pursuit of art! The rusty colour on the petals is pollen.

This is one that I took outdoors, rather than in my ‘studio’, and the challenge was how to achieve a background that wouldn’t interfere with the detail of the petals. in the end, I used a hedge a few feet away, took the image at quite a wide aperture, and did a bit of tweaking in Aperture and NikEfex.

Result? You tell me…

Lost lily

Lost lily


  1. It’s so stunning, Susan! The light is just perfect…you have certainly proven that there is beauty in decay!

  2. Reblogged this on Tammy Hopkinson MBA and commented:
    Sometimes they are even pretty when they decay! Awesome picture!

  3. I don’t know how you can see and CREATE such beauty out of dead flowers. You are magical. 🙂

  4. shape, texture, crisp curls – looks like a swan reaching out or perhaps a dancer. Perhaps a touch more light? But I agree with the above comments – there is beauty in decay and you have shown that all too well, and you do have a magic eye. I have really enjoyed this series.

    • I agree re: the light, but in order to get the background ‘out of the way’, I went with this… Glad you are enjoying the series, it ain’t over yet!! 🙂

  5. This is really stunning, Sue. You’re a genius. 🙂

  6. It is absolutely beautiful! It has a wonderful air of elegance.

  7. I am with Cee. From something most would be sending to the compost you capture such beauty.

  8. I love the way you got this effect here Sue. I thought at first that the background was some kind of material, The contrast between the hedge and the lily is exquisite.

  9. poppytump

    Oh … just something beautifully sensual in this lily …



  11. Allan G. Smorra

    This is beautiful. You are at the top of your game when it comes to lighting a subject.

  12. Thanks to this stunning series we have realized that the ephemeral is a form of the beautiful.

  13. You definitely achived it, it is a very striking photo!

  14. Love the sculptural effect Sue. Great job.

  15. absolutely beautiful in color, composition and beauty. I love decaying things. regards Mitza

  16. LOVE this one, true artwork. ❤

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